Naturopathy FAQ's


+ DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?

No, you do not need a referral.

+ IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE COVERED UNDER OHIP?

While OHIP does not cover any naturopathic services, most private health insurance plans provide some coverage for naturopathic care. At RCRC we direct bill almost all major insurance companies making your out-of-pocket expense very low (and sometimes even zero).

Visit our insurance page to see our approved list of providers for direct billing.

+ WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Please bring your completed intake form to your first appointment, or arrive 15 minutes early to fill out the form in our waiting area. Feel free to bring a copy of lab test results or health records, and please bring all mediciations and supplements you are currently taking.

+ HOW MANY VISITS WILL I NEED?

Your treatment plan will depend on your condition, preferences, values, and resources. Your naturopathic doctor will discuss treatment timeline and the expected number of visits with you on your initial visit.

+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATUROPATHY AND HOMEOPATHY?

Naturopathy is a system of medicine that makes use of the best of conventional medicine as well as the wisdom of various traditions. Homeopathy is one of these traditions, and it refers to the use of remedies on the principle of “like cures like,” developed by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann in the 19th century. While not used by conventional doctors in North America, homeopathy is commonly recommended in Europe by medical doctors alongside regular prescription drugs. In Ontario, naturopaths sometimes recommend homeopathic remedies as part of their comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

+ HOW ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS TRAINED?

Naturopathic doctors complete an undergraduate degree as well as a Doctor of Naturopathy degree (four years) covering the same biomedical and clinical sciences as other regulated healthcare professionals, like medical doctors and nurses. Please click here for further details.

+ IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE A REGULATED PROFESSION?

Yes, naturopathic doctors comprise a self-regulated profession in Ontario, similar to medical doctors, nurses, dentists, etc. As such, naturopaths are required to register with the College of Naturopaths of Ontarion in order to practice anywhere within Ontario. You can find Dr. Helferty's listing with the college here.

+ IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE EVIDENCE-BASED?

Evidence-based medicine takes into account the best available clinical evidence in addition to the clinician's experience and the patient's values and expectations. Naturopathic medicine is evidence-based and fulfils each of those criteria. You can find a few examples of the evidence for naturopathic treatments below:

+ WILL SEEING A NATUROPATH INTERFERE WITH MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY MEDICAL DOCTOR?

Naturopathic doctors are glad to work with and be in communication with your medical doctor, according to your preferences. Most medical doctors are happy to collaborate with naturopathic doctors to achieve the best care possible for their patients.


Not yet a patient with RCRC? Learn more about our naturopathic services by clicking here.